Here is another work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that makes me go ha? If Sherlock Holmes were the product of the current generation, he would not have sHere is another work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that makes me go ha? If Sherlock Holmes were the product of the current generation, he would not have survived. But Holmes' deduction was the pioneer of his age, the one and only criminal consultant, so he remained the stuff of legend. Even if his stories are boring.
Granted, Doyle had the knack of conjuring the most bizzare cases and giving you pieces of puzzle that left you sitting on the edge of your chair, when the truth came to light, it was more of a meh. Doyle's talent was on the plotting and unplotting of crimes, not in human relation. Yet he tried so hard to put human factor into his story, first by having the criminal told the story behind his misadventure, and second by creating love interest between Dr Watson and Holmes' client, Miss Mary Morstan. But Doyle, like Holmes, was a man of cold logic rather than warm emotion. Compare the human relation in Agatha Christe's works and you would realise that Doyle was lacking. But who cares? Holmes will live on, even in the mind of people who have never read his stories.
Also, Doyle is famous for inconsistency in his stories. Holmes who was at first non drug-user had now turned into a cocaine addict. He was bored because the world did not provide him with enough neuron-stimulating mysteries, a sexist who believed women were not to be trusted, and basically was an amoral existence. All in all he was a scum of the earth. But Sherlock Holmes is the stuff of legend, so again, who cares?...more
[Review is up to Chapter 33, manga is still ongoing]
Aoyama-sensei is famed for his manga Detective Conan. But before that he had drawn other manga, on[Review is up to Chapter 33, manga is still ongoing]
Aoyama-sensei is famed for his manga Detective Conan. But before that he had drawn other manga, one of which was Magic Kaito. In fact he actually stopped drawing Kaito when he started on Conan and only picked it up again much later, and now the characters intermingle with each other, making appearances in each other's stories.
Kaito is about Kuroba Kaito whose father was a famous magician cum phantom thief (à la Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief) who would send a note to his target to inform when he would be taking what he wanted. When his father was murdered, Kaito took over the role of the phantom thief in order to find out who killed his father and why.
When the manga first started out, it had a very relaxed tone and pace. Kaitou was a high school student after all, so he did have to study even if at night he would go a-thieving. Unlike Conan which needed a lot of brain work, Kaitou's trick was not that much of a trick and he depended a lot on his luck (and the stupidity of the police force...). So Kaitou twaddled around pulling pranks on his childhood friend, Ako.
I wasn't even born when Aoyama-sensei started drawing Kaito. When I was 17, the tankobon finally returned. Imagine that. By that time, Kaito had adapted the style Conan used all along - intricate tricks, psychology, and science, science, science. If Kaito remained as it originally was, it would not have a long lifetime. As it is, Kaito probably will continue after Conan is finally over (like seriously, it has to be over some time right?).
Now that the focus has shifted from the characters (I say characters, not character development, which are two totally different things), the plot has started to progress. Which means there is less Aoko, yay! Despite her character design being so similar to Ran, her relationship to Kaito is more like Kazuha and Heiji than Ran and Shinichi. They fight all the time and by God, I hate fighting 'couples', be it in Korean drama or real life. Also she is loud, seemingly shallow, and has the personality of a five-year-old. What saddens me is unfortunately, less focus on characters means less focus on Saguru Hakuba as well.
Hakuba was supposed to be the archenemy of Kaito the Phantom Thief, the way Sherlock Holmes was the nemesis of Professor Moriarty, or more befittingly maybe, like Herlock Sholmes who was more than willing to be the downfall of Lupin's (don't ask me about that name, ask Maurice Leblanc). But this was Kaito's story, if he was caught he would not be the elusive thief anymore. So Hakuba was made to be a very intelligent young detective, slightly cocky because of his upbringing, but even tough he was smart enough to figure out some of Kaito's tricks, he was always one step behind Kaito. And now that the worlds of Conan and Kaito have been suffused into one, Hakuba has sadly been relegated to a less important seat so the place of nemesis can be taken over by Shinichi Kudo. Still smart, but also mostly the eye candy factor, being blond of mixed blood.
Also, Akako. The second female lead in this manga. She is a witch who knows real magic, so how that will be integrated into the combined world of Conan and Kaito which is based on cold hard logic, is yet to be discovered. By using her charm she manages to put all guys under her spell, but Kaito for some reasons, is untouchable. Which is why she is determined to get him. But she does seem to have a soft spot for Kaito, saving his neck a couple of times and keeping track of his thievery. She is of a calmer deposition, cunning, and smart. Maybe she is not a 'good' girl, but I prefer her over Aoko the dunderhead, unless Aoyama-sensei gives the chance for Aoko to develop a personality thicker than an A4 paper.
Currently this manga is still ongoing and the updates are far between. But I accept that because I am hoping that when Conan is over, Shinichi and co. will make more cameos in Kaito. That way I can have Aoyama-sensei's works accompanying me from my childhood to my old age, yay....more
The Japanese are weird, and they come up with the weirdest idea. AKB48 is a group of "idols you can m[Manga is still ongoing. Review is up to Ch. 171]
The Japanese are weird, and they come up with the weirdest idea. AKB48 is a group of "idols you can meet", which has three subgroups A, K, B (I think there is 8 too; not sure), that perform daily in their own studio in Akihabara. Members are rotated around in the subgroups, but are also assigned to join sister groups like NMB48 and SKE48, and also international ones like JKT48 in Indonesia. This manga is about Hiroko who wanted to join AKB48 but failed the first time. Minoru, a guy who liked Hiroko decided he would disguised himself as a girl and attended the audition as a way to support Hiroko. But not only was Hiroko accepted, so was Minoru, and instead of running away he decided to stay and did his best.
It is ridiculous and illogical. This is a shounen manga, so like Fairy Tail and Naruto, we do not know when it will end. It simply defies logic that Minoru manages to remain uncovered for so long. Any issues concerning how he keeps his secret safe, are only touched briefly and never thoroughly dealt with. Like the mangaka, or script writer, wants to tell us he knows what is on our mind, but it will not stop him from brushing it under the rug. Consider these examples: 1. Won't someone see Minoru going out of a male toilet without his wig? Well, Watanabe Mayu did, but Minoru said he was crossdressing as a guy and Mayu was sold. 2. Members of AKB48 were busy, no exclusion to the trainees, so both Hiroko and Minoru were often absent from school. Hiroko's absence was explainable, but Minoru? Well, Minoru did explain to other members that he used the excuse of stomach ache, but that was all. No one put two and two that they were absent at the same time, and as of current chapter,three years had actually passed. 3. What about gravure photoshoot? There was a special chapter dealing with this. It rained during the shoot, the end.
There are many problems with this manga. Like how plastic the real AKB48 members were depicted here. And how no question was raised about Minoru's voice, also the absent-parents syndrome. But it was a really fun read. The plot was full of drama, and it showed the behind-the-scene of idol life and showbiz, albeit somewhat exaggerated. Also the main characters were interesting, especially Minoru, even if he had this slightly Mr Overly Capable trait like Kirito from Sword Art Online. So let me just pretend that this is just another shounen set in a different dimension like Dragon Ball, so all those rules of logic will have to stay at the side. There are times when serious analysis should take place, there are times you should just lie back and let the story takes its own course. At least this manga has fluid plotline and comprehensible story, unlike some others with evrything so twisted you no longer know or care where they start or end....more